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Born This Way Season 3 #BTWChat, June 6

Featuring Sandra Assimotos McElwee, mom of Born This Way cast member Sean – @purpose2inspire

Hosted by Lauren Appelbaum (@laurenappelbaum) of RespectAbility (@Respect_Ability), this Twitter chat will take a look at ideas explored in #BornThisWay by the young adults with Down syndrome and their parents.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017, 10:00-11:00 pm ET

Don’t have cable? You can livestream the show on A&E’s app.

You can find the questions for this chat in this post.

How to Participate

Introductory Tweets for 6/6 Twitter Chat

  • #BornThisWay continues tonight on @AETV. Don’t miss these incredible stories tonight at 10/9c.
  • Welcome to our Twitter chat. Please remember to use the #BTWchat and #BornThisWay hashtags when you tweet.
  • If you respond to a question such as Q1, your tweet should follow this format: “A1 [your message] #BTWchat
  • When we say PwDs or disability, we’re talking about all types of disability. Feel free to speak about specific communities #BTWchat
  • For each domain, we’ll ask for your views, stories, potential solutions, recommendations #BTWchat
  • Please share other thoughts as we also livetweet #BornThisWay during #BTWchat!

Questions for 6/06/16 #BornThisWay Chat

  1. #BTWchat Q1. What are you most looking forward to seeing in this episode of #BornThisWay?
  2. #BTWchat Q2. Steven is starting a new job as a receptionist. Share advice for transitioning to a new job with new challenges! #BornThisWay
  3. #BTWchat Q3. Sex education is important for young adults with disabilities. What advice do you have for their parents? #BornThisWay
  4. #BTWchat Q4. Megan & Steven are serious about their relationship. What challenges exist for people w intellectual disabilities? #BornThisWay
  5. #BTWchat Q5. How important is to have your parents’ support in achieving your goals – whether you have a disability or not? #BornThisWay
  6. #BTWchat Q6. Rachel dreams to be an actress, but actors with disabilities are underrepresented. Why do you think this occurs? #BornThisWay
  7. #BTWchat Q7. How do you make a great first impression at work? How can a job coach help the first few weeks? #BornThisWay
  8. #BTWchat Q8. In order to live independently, #BornThisWay cast members need jobs. Why is it harder for people with disabilities to find jobs?
  9. #BTWchat Q9. A central theme of #BornThisWay is employment for people with disabilities. What can be changed to make it easier to find jobs?
  10. #BTWchat Q10. Do you think any stigma or perceptions about disabilities have changed as a result of watching #BornThisWay?


Meet the Author

Lauren Appelbaum
Lauren Appelbaum

Lauren Appelbaum is the communications director of RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for people with disabilities, and managing editor of The RespectAbility Report, a publication at the intersection of disability and politics. Previously she was a digital researcher with the NBC News political unit. Appelbaum currently oversees RespectAbility’s outreach to Hollywood to stand up against ableism and other prejudice – while promoting positive, accurate, diverse and inclusive media portrayals on TV and in film. To reach her, email

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